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Firefighters work in high-stress, high-stakes environments, constantly making choices in the face of cascading uncertainty. They’re putting their lives on the line and taking into consideration everything that’s in the path of a blaze, including people, property, animals, and even environmental resources, like water.

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The ecosystems of the American West are under threat from climate change. Analysis by the Bureau of Land Management says areas like the Great Basin are particularly susceptible, with invasive species, increasing temperatures and years of extreme drought, putting the country’s largest desert at risk. 

Updates On Oil Well, Long Valley Fires

Jul 10, 2017
Reno Fire Department via Twitter

Thursday, 2:51 p.m. update:

Oil Well Fire:

The wind-driven Oil Well Fire east of Elko has burned seven homes in rural Nevada, but three of the structures were uninhabited. Five outbuildings and 16 vehicles also were burned in the blaze. No one was hurt in the fire that broke out in extremely windy conditions Monday afternoon.

The Little Valley Fire, which started around 2 a.m., is burning quickly through Washoe Valley. Officials have closed I-580 and US-395 through Washoe Valley as north as Mount Rose Highway, and are urging residents to be on standby in case of quickly changing conditions.

Public Information Officer for the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Bob Harmon says officials are working to figure out total size at this point, but as of now, there is no containment.

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Twitter, @plpt

The Tule Fire west of Pyramid Lake has burned more than 30,000 acres since Friday and forced one community to declare disaster. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

U.S. Forest Service, Carson Ranger District

The Eastern Sierras saw a wet winter this year, leaving grasses and other fire fuels on the ground. Now foresters are looking at sheep to help solve this issue.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick sat down with Anna Belle Monti, fuels forester for the U.S. Forest Service to learn more.

NG: Can you just tell me a little bit about what a fuels forester does?

Expert: Wet Spring Could Yield More Wildfire Fuel

Apr 13, 2016
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

April showers could produce more fuel for wildfires this summer.

Spring is in full bloom in Northern Nevada, and that has some meteorologists concerned, like Gina McGuire of the Great Basin Coordination Center.

"The main caveat this year is going to be the spring growth with the wet conditions we've seen, a lot of precipitation in the winter and spring, and most likely a wet April and cool April ahead for most of Nevada and most of the great Basin."

Reno, Washoe County Approve Automatic Fire Aid

Sep 22, 2015
TMFPD

The City of Reno and Washoe County have reached an automatic fire aid agreement requiring the nearest fire truck to respond to a blaze, regardless of jurisdiction. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

The new agreement takes effect October 1 and brings the city and county into compliance with a new state law aimed at improving response times to fires.

Under the agreement, Reno will provide automatic response in about a dozen different areas outside of its jurisdiction, while the county's Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District will provide aid in just five.